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t mill. When I attended the West grammar school in the old brick schoolhouse that stood at the rear of the Unitarian church lot, the weekly holiday was Saturday afternoon. Saturday forenoon was a sort of a goas-you-please day. We had no regular lessons, and often in the early summer the scholars were lined up in front of the horse sheds and, headed by the master, were marched up what is now Powder House road (then called Bishop's lane), over the crest of the hill to a little knoll a short distance away, on which was a growth of trees standing in such positions as to form a bower. We spent the forenoon in picking wild flowers and in rambling about the woods in the immediate vicinity. This was the Bower mentioned by Mr. Brooks and the Bower of my boyhood. Every boy and girl of that generation knew its location. Mr. Brooks published his history some years after I used to visit the place. It was nowhere near the site of the old mill-dam or near any other dam site. John H. Hooper.
Historical inaccuracies. The communication of Mr. Hooper, which precedes, is very interesting. We wish to refer to its three specific mentions of possible error. First. As to the eleven maps of Medford, bound in an atlas. We were informed t such might have been the case in this particular. This was not classed among the Medford myths. By the statement of Mr. Hooper, who writes from personal knowledge, it appears to have been an actual existing fact, and that until ten years ago. Thealf inch half-tone of the Register, the cedar tree of the artist should be mistaken for the Unitarian church steeple. Mr. Hooper admits the artist's error in house location, and frankly says it is, like all other ideal pictures, open to criticism. orical falsehood, and suggests a pilgrimage of interested readers to the real site of the Bower as located by former President Hooper, and farther on to the dam, of which structure so much remains intact after the lapse of two centuries and which so
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 22., In another corner of Medford. (search)
is referred to them, and the present article will concern but the border of the ancient cow-pasture, which is destined to become the scene of busy industry as well as of modern pleasure taking. As the corner previously described was not in the original Medford (i.e., Mr. Cradock's farm), so was this likewise a part of ancient Charlestown. That old town, once extensive and once entirely surrounding Medford, is now absorbed by Boston. Its cow-commons have been well defined by our townsman Hooper in his story of the Stinted Pasture. Not until 1754 did Medford acquire this corner, and even then not all the Charlestown proprietors became Medfordites. An examination of the map will show a serrated boundary line extending over and around College hill to a bend in the river, which was north of the railroad. Thence the boundary between Charlestown and Medford continued, as of old, by the thread of the river onward into Mystic lake. In 1850 all of old Charlestown lying outside the Neck
. Barker. Mrs. H. A. C. Scott. William Leavens. J. A. C. Emerson. Andrew F. Curtin. E. Earl Blakely. Miss Annie E. Durgin. Mrs. Lester H. Williams. Miss Annie P. Danforth. Frank S. Gilkey. Percy W. Richardson. Papers and Addresses. George H. Remele. Moses W. Mann. Miss Annie E. Durgin. J. P. D. WlNGATE. Miss lily B. Atherton. Percy W. Richardson. Miss Katharine H. Stone. Mrs. John Googins. F. H. C. Wooley. Wilson Fiske. Historic Sites. Moses W. Mann. John H. Hooper. Herman L. Buss. Miss Catherine E. Harlow. Miss Ella L. Burbank. Genealogy. Miss Eliza M. Gill. Miss Annie E. Durgin. Miss Hetty F. Wait. Henry E. Scott. Heraldry. Charles B. Dunham. John Albree. Charles H. Loomis. Charles M. Green. C. W. M. Blanchard. Library and collection. George H. Remele. Miss Agnes W. Lincoln. Miss Martha E. Hayes. Miss lily B. Atherton. Rosewell B. Lawrence. William Gushing Wait. Miss Elizabeth W. Howe. H. N. Ackerman. Mel
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 22., The Register's twenty-second volume. (search)
ncome, and which is itself none too well appreciated by the city at large. Several times the question of discontinuance has been raised; yet the Register has continued to appear, though sometimes belated. On one occasion an annual deficit was prevented by the timely gift of one hundred dollars, by a grandson of a former Medford clergyman. The town in 1855 from its treasury assisted Mr. Brooks in his publication, and in 1886, Mr. Usher more largely in his. For his careful work in 1905, Mr. Hooper received no remuneration whatever, nor has the Historical Society ever (contrary to current impression) received any financial aid in its work from the city of Medford, in either its publication or its building enterprise. The present editor has served nearly eleven years, and must of necessity be relieved ere long. For several years he has performed the duties of publication committee, starting with a deficit of over one hundred dollars, but trusting to close the present year with a p