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The Estate of Mr. Elijah Smith      to the Proprietors of the Medford Turnpike.Dr. Toll for milk cart. Passing from June 22, 1839, to January 1, 1830.$5.19 By cash2.00 —— 3.19 1830, July 5, Recd. Payment for the Proprietors James Kidder. By this scrap of paper it appears that the toll levied for the daily passage of such vehicles was ten dollars per year, and that the rule of cash before carting or payment in advance, had not then been fully established. Whoever rides over the Mystic avenue of today, finds far better conditions, though there is still room for improvement. Several railroad schemes, upon and beside it, have been broached, but none have materialized. Meanwhile Medford is slowly expanding, and some day will see, instead of the tide-mill and pond and the later racetrack, buildings devoted to business use along both sides of the old Medford turnpike. When that shall be, those who use the old pike will miss the bleak prospect we had there in 1860. In c
On a cold and star-lit evening, In the second moon of winter, Met the Camp Fire girls together Camp of Sagamore and Mystic, In a sacred house of worship In the good old town of Medford. Listen, while I tell the story Of that bright and happy ev To that ceremonial meeting. Of our number there were present Nine and twenty bright-faced maidens. Entered, Sagamore and Mystic; Made the fire sign together, Sign of fame and curling woodsmoke Curling slowly, slowly upwards To the great mysterious S. Then, replied the guardian to her After all her words were spoken, You are now one of our number Camps of Sagamore and Mystic. Then bestowed upon their members Twelve in number well-won honors So, unto each necklace adding, Precious beads of many amore, Six unto the Camp of Mystic. Then, into the Wood-gatherers' circle There were gathered nine new members, Four from Mystic, Five from Sagamore. On each hand was placed a token Silver ring of seven fagots and the circles of Wo-he-lo. Then our
istory of Arlington, p. 72: From a list of funerals in Medford is the following: 1775 Apr 21, Mr Henry Putnam slain at Menotomy by the enemy on their retreat from Concord on the 19th inst. He was about 70 years. Miss Wild in Medford in the Revolution, styles him a veteran of Louisburg, . . . though because of age exempt, and quotes, he showed his Putnam spunk and went with the rest. Henry Putnam's ride. When Mr. Henry Putnam was about twenty-two years of age he went from Medford, Mass., into the state of Connecticut, about one hundred miles, at that day a very long journey. Night coming on, he stopped at a farm house of inviting appearance, in the town of Bolton, and asked for entertainment for himself and horse, as he travelled on horseback. This request was cordially received, and the hospitalities of the house were freely given him. In the family circle was Miss Hannah Boardman, the oldest daughter of his host. Mr. Putnam became interested at once in the young
llow our honest people their hearts and hearths to warm.” A fairer and a stronger man than you our danger recognized, And when he spoke you listened and your power exercised. And now the burden of our song shall ever gladly be, ‘The land of Teddy Roosevelt is good enough for me.’ Doubtless there are many housewives in Medford today that can join with the other mistress of the manse in the following: Poor Father Noah in pensive mood Is gazing o'er the sea, For weighty problems fill his brain Of nations yet to be. His little ark is high and dry Upon Mount Ararat. And would that we from turmoil free Beside old Noah sat, No thoughts to turn On coal to burn. Does it not seem now as though little progress had been made in seventeen years, that it is still possible for like conditions to exist? Thoughtful people, from Medford, Mass., to Medford, Oregon, will do well to look into this matter, find and apply a remedy, and make the land of Lincoln and Roosevelt good enough—and