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How Medford began to grow. In 1855 historian Brooks alluded to several outlays of townships in Medford, with commending words for each. The names he recorded were Bellevue, Sagamore Vale, Williamsburg and Wellington. He said, Private gentlemen open roads through their grounds, mark off many acres into small lots, publish a map of the unborn city, and on the appointed day begin to sell the little enclosures at public auction. Now that fifty-five years have passed, and with them the prom
eaks of its parallel streets, nearness to Boston, and facilities for travel by railroad, but is silent about the six-mile drive that Mr. Wait mentions in this issue of the Register.
Wellington retains its name, but how many in Medford know Williamsburg?
Twenty houses on either side of Myrtle street, built in 1854, were so called from the name of the builder, who built all to one plan on alternate lots, with none fronting another.
Small houses that contained no modern improvements they were