ographical situation of Mr. Cradock's farm, the early Medford.
The seventeenth of June, 1630, is commonly accepted, and two hundred and seventy-five years after was celebrated, as the time of settlement, and again we may ask why. Because Governor Winthrop wrote, We went up Mistick river about six miles.
But Winthrop did not settle in Medford but in Charlestown, on the other side of the river.
However, as seen in Deputy Governor Dudley's letter (of March 28, 1631) to the Countess of LincolnWinthrop did not settle in Medford but in Charlestown, on the other side of the river.
However, as seen in Deputy Governor Dudley's letter (of March 28, 1631) to the Countess of Lincoln, of those coming from Salem, some found a good place upon Mistick, which we named Meadford.
Here then is the earliest authentic account we have of the naming of Medford.
Again in our search we ask why Medford and answer our own query, thus—Because the good place upon Mistick was to be Mr. Cradock's farm, and they so called it, from Medford in Staffordshire in the old England they came from, and which old shire Mr. Cradock had represented in Parliament since 1620, the eighteenth year of the r
ans' dwelling place.
In aboriginal days Sagamore John dwelt there.
It lay in the bend of the river below the tributary Menotomy.
All annalists refer to Governor Winthrop's nocturnal adventure thereat.
We have heard one insist that it occurred within present Somerville bounds.
Possibly it did, yet we think it equally possible two families (in Somerville) one of whom came with the advent of the Charlestown water works in 1865. . Only one had located on all the hill-slope, and that on Winthrop street, and for some years the reservoir on the hill-top was needlessly considered a menace.
The growth of that section was very slow, even after Boston avenuelight of an airplane over this same quarter, as did the great company assembled about Somerville field.
Contrast this last occasion with the night vigil of Gov. John Winthrop, only a few rods away, on October 11, 1630, if you will.
Contrast the horseless carriage, or steam buggy, first seen in Boston streets in 1866, with the un
ld 22 feet; and altogether her model is of the most perfect and beautiful character in outline, and she can hardly escape being one of the finest bottoms afloat.
The Syren was built by Mr. Taylor, at Medford, in the most thorough and substantial manner, and possesses all the modern marine improvements.
Our artist has sketched her with everything set that can draw, and right merrily she is bowling over the waters of the outer channel, a perfect picture of nautical neatness and beauty.
As a matter of current history we note that at the present time there is being built on the bank of the Mystic in Somerville (next Wellington bridge) a vessel of about the same size as the Syren, perhaps a little larger.
Medford men are interested in her construction, and the spot is somewhere near where Governor Winthrop built the Blessing of the Bay. She is to be schooner rigged, with four masts, and is now approaching completion.
We hope to see her launching, the first on the Mystic since 1873.