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the proprietors of Brooklands. In the closing of the canal's affairs this strip with a portion beyond the river, was sold to J. M. Usher Of those park names Gorham was a family name (of Brooks), while Lake was appropriate, as a miniature lake or pond was shown therein. Conditions favored the same, as the writer has seen the springy ground there covered with flags and cat-tails. In Plan Book 8, Plan 1, 1855, is the same territory (see Register, Vol. I, p. 126), being the Fuller plan of Smith estate. Here we must good naturedly differ a little with His Honor, who styles it the present laying out. Fuller's plan was made in early '50s, but little or no use was made of it until 1870, when, on June 21, there was a land sale on the premises. In 1865 the conduit of the Charlestown water works was built across this entire tract. The Fuller plan (which omitted the parks and had a somewhat different arrangement of streets) was modified somewhat. Two new plans were later made by Jos
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 22., Connecting link in Medford Church history. (search)
tober, 1872, when the West Medford Congregational Society was ready to do business. (Vol. XIII, p. 28, Register.) That there was some feeling over said action is indicated, as we read, Years have passed away. . . . Any difference or unpleasantness that may have been then are outgrown. (Register, Vol. XIV, p. 33.) A few words concerning the Union's meeting place may be of interest. Mystic hall was also the rallying place of the Lyceum and Library Association, and had been the home of Mrs. Smith's somewhat famous seminary (1854-1858). For public use its furnishings were simple. The platform (two steps high), said to be enclosed by the panel-work of the seminary organ, was laid with a red carpet, and had upon it a haircloth sofa and a chestnut pulpit with walnut mouldings, the work of some village carpenter. There were two large cases of similar construction at the rear of the room, filled with books of the association's library. In the other corner was a cylinder stove of the
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 28., Parson Turell's Legacy or the President's old Arm-Chair. (search)
for the worthies of the land,— Chief Justice Sewall a cause to try in, Or Cotton Mather to sit—and lie—in. Parson Turell bequeathed the same To a certain student,—Smith by name; These were the terms, as we are told; “Said Smith said Chaire to have and holde; When he doth graduate, then to passe To ye oldest Youth in ye Senior ClasSmith said Chaire to have and holde; When he doth graduate, then to passe To ye oldest Youth in ye Senior Classe, On payment of (naming a certain sum)— By him to whom ye Chaire shall come; He to ye oldest Senior next; And so forever—(thus runs the text,) But one Crown lesse than he gave to claime, That being his Debte for use of same.” Smith transferred it to one of the Browns, And took his money,—five silver crowns, Brown delivered up toSmith transferred it to one of the Browns, And took his money,—five silver crowns, Brown delivered up to Moore, Who paid, it is plain, not five, but four. Moore made over the chair to Lee, Who gave him crowns of silver three, Lee conveyed it unto drew, And now the payment, of course, was two. Drew gave up the chair to Dunn,— All he got, as you see was one. Dunn released the chair to Hall, And got by the bargain no crow
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 28., The beginning of a New village. (search)
To the right of this street, which in 1870 got the name of Harvard avenue, Thomas P. Smith had erected, in 1852, the substantial building known as Mystic Hall, now the store of Joseph E. Ober & Son. Mr. Smith lived in a large house just westward, and judging by the views of it extant, it was quite an extensive place. This house870, resided Horace A. Breed and family. This road was named Bower street by Mr. Smith because of a street in Roxbury (where he formerly lived) and perhaps because cellent stone-mason, who laid much of the stone wall on the Brooks estate. The Smith estate also included the brick house on Canal street, which was built in 1812 bwere in the spring of 1870 not over forty-five inhabitants, old and young. Mr. Smith was a man of much ability and public spirit, and his passing away probably rets burning, and later in the mansion on Canal street. Whether the younger T. P. Smith or his father-in-law, Ebenezer, was one of the Brooklands company referred t
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 28., Medford and her Minute Men, April 19, 1775. (search)
ity dispensed by the good wives of Medford, both at the roadside and the hearthside. So passed the nineteenth of April in Medford, and when night came companies from other towns, too late to enter the fight, were quartered in its midst. But what, meantime, was the business of Captain Hall and his company who marched off under the waning moon, pressing on after Paul Revere? It was about half-past 10 in the evening of April eighteenth that eight hundred British regulars under Lieutenant-Colonel Smith, having assembled at the foot of Boston common, now Boylston street, embarked across the Charles for Lechmere point in East Cambridge. There began their midnight march to Lexington through Cambridge, both to capture Hancock and Adams and to destroy the Provincial stores. The expedition was intended to be secret. To prevent his movements from becoming known, General Gage sent out ten or more sergeants, posted along the highways in Cambridge and toward Concord. It was while the t
. Mr. Smith speaks of the territory between the canal and river as the fifty-acre Payson farm, but mentioned no other buildings on its High street frontage. This farm, in the fifties, became known as the Smith estate from its then owner, Thomas P. Smith. He mentions a small house, opposite his father's, of Spencer Bucknam (in other occupancy), which was torn down. Also another at corner of Grove street that was later moved, and in which Mr. Brooks' gardener lived. As his recollection buller plan of 1854 shows the outline of this house, and also the one-hundred-foot barn in which was later the gymnasium of Mystic Hall Seminary. This was at the site of present Brentwood Court, and Aunt Becky's house was later the residence of Mrs. Smith, and one of the seminary buildings Elijah Smith alluded to. See illustration, Register, Vol. XI, No. 3. He also stated that nearly opposite, Miss Brooks' brother Caleb lived on the site of present railway station. As he told this in 1903 a
The city Police. --Mayor Saunders yesterday made the following appointments of sergeants and policemen for the city: Sergeants.--D. Callahan, William H. Eggleston, W. T. Bibb, Charles H. Moore, J. D. Perrin, T. C. Baptist, Robert N. Thomas, Charles H. Brown. Policemen — William H. Vaughan, A. J. Hawkins, H. S. Hicks, John J. Green, William D. Pemberton, A. J. Jones, J. B. Angel, E. H. Hicks, Edward P. Murphy, W. S. Snook, Thomas P. Smith, S. T. Hultee, John Gill, T. L. Lucas, Patrick Kennedy, A. H. Lyneman, A. R. Cousens, Martin Fletcher, T. Hicks, William P. Hancock, Leroy Barefoot, E. P. Murphy, William G. Toler, William Gardner, Lewis Magruder, Alonzo Chism, James T. Cox, D. W. Frobel, William F. Nash, William R. Coleman, William J. White, William T. Kendrick, Dudley Gilman, William A. Southall, William H. Tyree, Benj. J. Tapscott, Christian E. Heckler, Wm. T. Palmer, Charles H. Sweeney, Lorezo Froney, K. O'Dwyer, John M. Reins, Robert Blackburn, Thomas Clemmitt, Carter
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