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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 15., Some errors in Medford's histories. (search)
There was until recently but one island in the river and that is near the shore in Malden. There was also an island a few rods below Wier Bridge. In 1761—the inhabitants of Medford proposed to cut a canal across this peninsula (Labor in Vain) . . . the plan failed. The canal was cut in 1761. [Register, Vol. 3, p. 71.] In the Wade family there is a tradition that their ancestor, Major Jonathan Wade gave to the town, about the year 1680, the landing place now occupied by Mr. J. T. Foster. [P. 8.] This is merely tradition, there is no record of any such transaction, and further, the major never owned the land. Brooks. [P. 9.] Whitmore brook has its source in Bare hill meadow; Marble brook in Turkey swamp; Winter brook in the region south of Winter hill; Two Penny brook (which Mr. Brooks does not mention) has its source south and west of Walnut Tree hill (now College hill); Gravelly creek has its source in the region south of Spot pond. Medford Records,. .