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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 2., A business man of long ago. (search)
ia Pierce for Sweeping the Meet—30000 To Do. pd. to Saml Brooks Junr. in full for keeping School in Time pastd— — — — —150500 To Cash pd. to ye widow Susanna Willis in full for [ ]oom for ye School in Time past— — —20200 [ ] Cash pd. to Richd Sprague in full of his Order of Sd. Date60700 [ ]o Do. paid to Thomas Tufts Junr. for keeping School80000 [ ]o Do pd. to Benjamin Willis on Accomt of the000000 School House—————————100000 To Do paid to John Bradish for Glazing at the Meeting House——chBy Cash paid by Nathl Francis, being chose Constable£50[ ] By Cash paid by Nathl Hall, being chose Constable5 By Cash paid by Andrew Hall, being chose Constable5 JuneBy Cash pd. by ye Trustees of the 60000£ Loan1[] By Cash paid by Constable Richard Sprague40 1734 Sept.By Cash pd. by Andrew Hall on Acct. of ye Widow Willis31[] By Cash paid by Constable, Joseph Tompson100[] By Cash pd. by Deacon willis, in full of what was due from him as Treasurer—
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 15., The Walnut Tree Hill division of the stinted pasture. (search)
ed by Joseph Whittemore, which stood on the site recently occupied by the Mystic house, and which was removed to the brick-yard on Buzzell's lane, near College hill, where it was destroyed by fire less than a year ago. In the year 1662 Lieut. Richard Sprague agreed with the selectmen of Charlestown to make up and maintain All that fence belonging to said common, between it and Mr. Winthrop's farm, which said fence is to begin at Mistick bridge and so along in the line between the said com about some six or seven poles on the southeast side of Winter's brook, where it is to meet Mr. Winthrop's farm fence. The fence is to be made sufficiently, and so maintained for one and twenty years. In consideration whereof the said Lieutenant Richard Sprague is to have the use of twenty Cow Commons for the full term of twenty-one years. Also liberty to make use of any stones or brush from the Common for making and repairing said fence. It was also agreed that what the said fence shall be a
ll, and immediately after voted to sell their Farm at Piscataquogge within twelve months. As to what the result of the discourse forthwith with the Gentlemen at Portsmouth was, and whether a sale was made or not, we are not informed, but the town's vote a year later July 31, 1750 Selectmen sell the utensils of the Town Farm certainly has an ominous look. Historian Brooks says the vote to sell at auction was reconsidered, and that May 15, 1749, Andrew Hall, Capt. Saml Brooks, and Richard Sprague were chosen to manage the affairs for selling the Town's farm, and adds his own statement, It was sold soon after. Our own opinion is, that as the grant of the provincial legislature was, provided that it does not interfere with any former grant, the Mason grant was valid, and the discourse at Portsmouth convinced the Medford committee that the house and fencing were a dead loss to Medford, and that the utensils only remained for the town to realize anything from. Just what the Pos
n. And since many place-names have come from those of persons living in the neighborhood, it has also been somewhat fantastically suggested that perhaps the name is a corruption of Abbie Jones' river, just as the Greater New York borough of the Bronx derives its picturesque name from an old-timer named Broncks. But there is no evidence in behalf of either of these assumptions. Just now, however, having had occasion to look up some facts in relation to the famous expedition of the three Sprague brothers, Ralph, Richard and William, pioneers in the settlement of Charlestown, across country through the woods from Salem, I find that in the Charlestown records it is related that this party lighted of a place situate and lying on the north side of Charles river, full of Indians, called Aberginians. Often as I had read that account, I had never before attached any particular significance to the name of those Indians other than that it seemed so different from Algonquin nomenclature in
The Tama-Houre-Laune. In our most recent exchange, the Washington Quarterly, are copies of letters of Capt. Eliah Grimes of the brig Owhyhee written to Sprague & Marshall, Boston, merchants in the Pacific coast trade of a century ago. After mentioning much sickness and the death of several men, the captain names one man he had decided to send back to the islands, one who came out in the Tama-houre-laune, and also says, they have cold pains in breast and head, which I think is owing in great measure to the brig being so fully salted; she is damp from one end to the other. We do not find any reference to the brig Owhyee (former spelling of Hawaii) in the list of Medford-built vessels, and cannot be certain which brig was so fully salted, but we find the names of two brigs built in 1820 in Medford by Thatcher Magoun for Josiah Marshall. One was the Tama-houre-laune, 162.63 tons, the other the Jones, 163.36 tons, the seventy-seventh and seventy-eighth in the notable list. A
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 24., Troubles of a Medford churchman. (search)
ks0-11-0– Peter Seccomb1-13-01-0-31-0-8 Richard Sprague1-13-00-7-60-3-5 Matthew Ellis1-5-30-4-9 r his head. But he had some faculty, as Constable Sprague found when he presented that Medford taxreedom by bringing an action in court against Sprague for assaulting, beating, wounding and imprisohim, and detaining him in prison till he paid Sprague a fine of £ 3-1s. At a subsequent town meet to Vote, whether the Town will reamburst Richard Sprague his Reasonable charges in managing the La and reinforcements were coming to the aid of Sprague, erstwhile constable of Medford. The fame ofd bring his action in N. England, against one Sprague who levyed such sum in order to try the right. 194 (first Session). A petition of Richard Sprague, late constable of Medford in county of M6 (second Session). A petition of Richard Sprague: Praying for some allowance from this Cou informed that the [original] petition of Richard Sprague is not found in the Archives, and that on[4 more...]
note in Medford, and constable of the town in 1733. Mention is made of him elsewhere in this issue of the Register. From out this comfortable mansion, Constable Richard Sprague sallied forth one day, perhaps with his staff of office, but clothed with the majesty of the law, and backed by the warrant of the selectmen, to lay holdars ago, and with a few changes, holds good today. The railroad crossing and its gates, the Mystic Church spire, the electric light, were things unknown in Richard Sprague's time, and not very old when some old Medford man posed for his picture in Dead-man's alley. Who was he? Were he to return today and walk up to the square the square he might curiously look at the contents of the old brick distil-house, now a garage. One tall chimney and ventilators through which rum fumes escaped are gone. Instead, those of oil and gasoline prevail. And what would Constable Sprague say to the display of automobiles now seen across the street from his old house?
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 26., Lieutenant Sprague's long fence. (search)
Lieutenant Sprague's long fence. We are presenting an extract from the early records of Charlestown, relanted Common of the one partie: And Leffttenant: Richard Sprague: of the other partie: Concerning the fencing thecte men in the behalfe of the propriatores And Richard Sprague for him selfe: his heires Executors And Adminisent. Signed And Delivred In the Presents of Richard Sprague, Solomon Phippes, Edward Burtt. LieutenantLieutenant Sprague was one of the three brothers who, with four others, formed the exploring party sent by Endicott fromn and Harvard streets in Medford.) The fence Richard Sprague built was probably mainly a stone wall, topped Harvard street, near St. Clement's church. Lieutenant Sprague was fifty-seven years old when he contracted ached, beyond which they may not pass. Where Lieutenant Sprague began his fence, the Mystic Valley parkway crbirds, pheasant and quail, find sanctuary. Lieutenant Sprague may have seen such, and perhaps larger game,
Medford Square in 1924 We are presenting a view of Medford square, well worth preserving, as of historic interest. It marks the spot where the settlement of Medford began. Prior to that time it was the haunt of the red man. Salem and High streets have taken the place of the Indian trail, and the fording place of another joined it nearby at the left. At the right was Mr. Cradock's ferme house, and over this trail came the three Sprague brothers from Salem in 1628-29 and found Cradock's men here at work. In 1630 Winthrop's men settled on his Charlestown farm, whose northeast corner (the Mystic parkway) is the foreground of the view. Five or six years later, Cradock's agent built here a bridge, ever since maintained in various forms. The teetering draw gave place to two granite arches, since lengthened and widened to present enduring form. Behind the iron fencing of the parkway is the Cradock dam which holds back the incoming tides; and the four of lower height which hold
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 26., Old ships and ship-building days of Medford. (search)
me History of Massachusetts. Among the Medford-built vessels from Salem engaged in this trade were the ships Australia, Carolina, Propontis, and the brig Lucilla. Journals of their voyages to Sumatra are preserved in Salem. Besides the Salem vessels in the pepper trade there were quite a number from Boston, among them the brig Palmer. The brig Palmer, two hundred and seventy-seven tons, was the seventy-third vessel built in Medford and the last of seven built in 1818. She was built by Sprague & James for Joseph Lee of Boston. She sailed for Sumatra in 1830 and proceeded to take on a cargo of pepper at Muckie on the west coast. Narrative of Capt. Charles Endicott.At one o'clock in the morning of February 8, 1830, while at anchor in the roads, together with the ship James Monroe of New York and the Governor Endicott of Salem, a boat appeared, which, on being hailed with the question, What boat is that? responded, The Friendship of Qualah Battoo, Captain Endicott, with all t
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