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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 25., At Medford's old civic Center (continued). (search)
ing the social center for Medford's best families, and the writer recalls the complaint of one who said, When the Lemists left Medford there was no society. Many fine parties were given in that house, and one has only to look over the pages of Blanchard the stable keeper's ledger to see how gay and select our old town was at one time. You will read there the names of wellknown people who gave parties, those who attended them, and learn that Mr. Blanchard's patrons went in good style, in hacksMr. Blanchard's patrons went in good style, in hacks or sleighs, as the seasons permitted. You will also learn who hired hacks to go to Boston to attend the theatre. There is wonderful reading between the lines of old diaries and account books. Mr. Lemist sold to Mr. Flint, who afterward, residing there awhile, moved with his family to California. The next owner and occupant was a bachelor who was non compos mentis and of peculiar ways. This Mr. May was a man of wealth, who never was seen in public unattended. He went regularly with hi
ate Treas. for Military15.00 Jonas Coburn rent of store332.37 S. S. Green rent of store127.50 Reading Room Assn.50.00 —————— $14,13. 85$14,13. 85 Probable outstanding$1,183. One item in Miscellaneous is Charles Caldwell. —platform and rail in front of desk, 17.50. A few of our older citizens will recall this furnishing of the old town hall that did duty until Medford became a city (perhaps longer), the elevated aisle through which the voters passed before the selectmen in voting by ballot. Another: Zephaniah Stetson—new hearse $80.00 and Andrew Blanchard—covering for same 3.78, this last a sort of cloth bag, placed over and about the hearse in its house at Cross street cemetery to protect it from dust in the intervals between its use. It did it so well that the hearse appreciated in value, being listed at $400 in later years. Certainly that old first printed Town Report is interesting reading and furnishes food for thought as we compare it with thos