ge of boats and rafts around the Pawtucket Falls of the Merrimack, but the opening of the Middlesex Canal as an inland and more direct route to Boston had proved somewhat disastrous to the interests of the Proprietors of Locks and Canals, as the Pawtucket Canal Company was styled.
Its disappointments, however, were destined to come to an end. Some mill owners on the Charles river at Waltham were seeking along the banks of the Shawsheen for additional power and new facilities, when one, Ezra Worthen, remarked, If they want water power, why don't they buy the Pawtucket Canal and get the whole force of Merrimack river?
Strange it was that such a scheme had not dawned on people's thought sooner, and that the Merrimack had flowed on unharnessed, while the Pawtucket Canal had only served for a passage around the Falls for twenty-five years. A word to the wise was sufficient, and quietly the land along the river was acquired, then factories built and the town of Lowell came into existen
pastor of the Universalist Church at Malden was reported; Rev. C. H. Leonard making the address to the church and society.
The names and tonnage of eight vessels built during the year in Medford, also names of builders were given.
The Bunker Hill, 1000 tons (Curtis), was on the stocks for launching in the spring.
Four advertisements of real estate, and one of T. W. Savage, 1 and 2 American Block, next followed.
Mr. Savage sold dry goods, millinery, clothing, boots and shoes.
Davis & Wright (over B. & M. station in Boston) advertised carpets.
C. C. P. Moody, 52 Washington street, Boston, advertised printing of all kinds.
It was probably there the Journal was printed; and creditable work it was.
One marriage notice there was; On Christmas eve, by Rev. Theodore Parker, Wm. Mumford to Caroline Griffin, of East Medford.
One death; Lizzie Rich (14 years), of Malden.
This was followed by three verses of sympathy, sent by a friend.
The last item was the quarterly list of l
ed and fitted up, and a Sunday-school of about twenty members was formed.
For seven years Brother Brackett continued to hold services in Medford, assisted by Revs. J. N. Maffitt and C. K. True.
In 1828 a second revival occurred, in which many of the Sunday-school scholars were converted and joined the class.
The same year the society was incorporated as The First Methodist Episcopal Church in Medford, with Josiah Brackett, Isaac McElroy, Jonathan Gross, George Williams, William James, James D. Yates, Alvah Smith and Louis Janson as trustees, and a house of worship, 25 × 40 feet, was built on Cross street. This building now stands on Salem street, two doors east of the site of the third church edifice, burned in 1905.
The society was connected with the First Methodist Church in Charlestown until 1831, when it became a station, and Rev. Apollas Hale was appointed pastor.
From 1833 to 1839, the pulpit was again supplied by local preachers, until most of the members moved away and th