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and formulate a theory of his own, rather than to select one of the various creeds presented upon the authority of the preachers. He bought a Bible, divided its pages into fifty-two equal parts and faithfully read one section a week, until he had read it from cover to cover. The creed which he adopted is embodied in the church manual of the first Trinitarian church, established in Medford in 1823, and again in that of the Mystic church in 1847, and was just as firmly his when he died in 1879. When Mr. James settled in Medford permanently, he connected himself actively with the parish church. After the death of Dr. Osgood, the majority of the church called Rev. Andrew Bigelow, a Unitarian, to be the pastor. Deacon James led the minority who wished an evangelical minister. Mindful of that disgraceful day in the Dorchester meeting-house, Mr. James favored no public demonstration of disagreement, but in friendly words, letters were sent back and forth between the opposing parti
sale was that the said Merrow should maintain one-half of Mystic bridge and the causey (causeway) forever. The two-pole way was situated directly in front of the old shop formerly occupied by Page and Curtin on Main street. The first bridge across the Mystic river was only wide enough to allow of the passage of a single cart, and as the bridge was widened from time to time the widening took place on the westerly or up-stream side of the bridge, so that when the old drawbridge was removed in 1879 to make way for the construction of the present stone bridge, the twopole way was so reduced in width that only about twelve feet of the way remained, and the increased width of the stone bridge over that of the old drawbridge obliterated all traces of the old way. The gravel pit lot is now occupied by the Central Engine House and part of the Symmes buildings. Dr. Ebenezer Merrow, or Marrow, is supposed to have been the son of the Ebenezer Merrow who purchased the tract of land above desc
thought and example upon its history. She graduated from the Medford High School with the class of 1871, which contributed many teachers to our schools; and followed up its course by studying for her life-work of teaching at the Boston Normal School. She began her work as a teacher at Waltham in February, 1875, in the school of District Two, the Pond End School, where she remained until in the fall of 1878 she was transferred to the South Grammar School. She left Waltham in the fall of 1879 at the summons of Medford to return and teach here, as the assistant of Mr. Benjamin F. Morrison, at the Swan School. In 1887, on the resignation of Mr. Rufus Sawyer, the grammar grades of the Everett and Swan Schools were consolidated, and Miss Gill went with Mr. Morrison to the Everett School as his assistant there; and when the Washington School was opened in 1890 went thither with the grammar grades. Each of these transfers meant additional work and added responsibility, but her great
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 12., A pioneer railroad and how it was built. (search)
fe of trade—or no. After the expiration of those years, the Boston & Maine laid a track from their line into Lowell; and not to be outdone the Boston & Lowell built also a branch from their Wilmington station into the city of Lawrence. These branches though a convenience to the public, detract but little from the direct stream of travel and business along the original lines. I can myself recall seeing the last of the canal boats, earlier than my memory of the railway cars. Even as late as 1879, I can remember seeing the slowly decaying wood work of the Shawsheen and Maple Meadow aqueducts during my rides to and from Lowell. This paper has been written at the canal's landing number four, and during its preparation, cars have thundered by on the high embankment behind my dwelling in a way which that English engineer little dreamed of. In front, where once the canal boats were floated in the aqueduct twenty feet above the river, the largest cars of the Boston Elevated rush along by
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 13., The Congregational Church of West Medford. (search)
saster. Mr. Cutter was for several years the scribe of the Woburn Conference, and interested many in our cause. Mr. Stephen Cutter of Winchester pledged six hundred dollars toward the floating debt, provided that twenty-five hundred dollars should be raised. Most of the churches of the Woburn Conference assisted. In 1878 H. N. Ackerman, E. E. Shepard, G. F. Richmond and A. W. Ackerman, each agreeing to lead one Sabbath evening each month, organized a young people's prayer meeting. In 1879 these four brethren and four ladies, Mrs. Carrie H. Shepard and Misses Ida M. Hatch, Mary B. Soule, and Anna B. Williams, organized the Willing Hands, pledged to work for the young people of West Medford, and for the reduction of the floating debt, then five hundred dollars. This organization of workers had the satisfaction of accomplishing their financial object by providing the last one hundred dollars of the floating debt, which was thus cancelled in 1882. With much effort the society's
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 16., Distinguished guests and residents of Medford. (search)
as, and her true beauties undiscovered or unappreciated. During the long run of Uncle Tom's Cabin at the National Theater, in 1853, Mrs. Bannister was the representative of the revengeful yet sympathizing Cassy. She died in New Jersey about 1879. The dates of her marriage can be approximately determined by facts. In 1817 she was known as Mrs. Legge, as Mrs. Stone in 1855. After a few years' absence from New York she reappeared as Mrs. Bannister. She seems always to have appeared underd though very erect carried a stout cane. When I first saw him I thought some old Puritan had come back to life. Charles R. Adams, who won fame on the operatic stage abroad, is remembered by many, as he had a residence here for several years (1879-1882). At that time he was filling an engagement with opera companies at the Boston Theatre. In his early years he was a tenor singer of high qualifications, with a voice of great expression of feeling. He was born in Somerville and later moved
apt. Martin Burridge. 1834Nathaniel H. Bishop. 1845Edmund T. Hastings, Jr. 1845Nathaniel Whiting. 1847John H. Bacon. 1847Robert Bacon. 1850George E. Adams. 1851Charles Hall. 1855S. B. Perry. 1859George L. Stearns. 1860James Bean. 1863Peter C. Hall. 1864Caroline B. Chase (Mrs.) 1864David W. Lothrop. 1865Francis Brooks. 1865;Joshua T. Foster. 1865J. Q, A. Griffin. 1865William B. Whitcomb. 1865Ellen M. Gill (Mrs.) 1866Mrs. Samuel Joyce. 1866Edward Kakas. 1866Francis Thieler. 1867S. R. Roberts. 1868Dr. H. H. Pillsbury. 1869William C. Child. 1869James W. Tufts. 1870Japhet Sherman. 1871George S. Buss. 1872Benj. F. Morrison. 1873William H. Northey. 1873Alonzo E. Tainter. 1873Charles Garfield. In 1841 Mrs. Lucy Bigelow, widow of Timothy, was made an honorary member, an honor shared, up to 1879, with five other women. Of the above only Mrs. Ellen M. Gill is now living (August 22, 1918). Enfeebled by age, her active work in the society has ceased. E. M
he people from the storm. There was no agent, and if one wished to travel, he flagged the train himself, got his baggage aboard as best he could, and then climbed aboard himself. After dark a lantern was used, but more often the passenger did not wish to be bothered with it and so he carried a newspaper and as the train came in sight he scratched his brimstone match, lighted the newspaper and put it in the middle of the track and the train stopped. The Wellington station was built in 1878-79 and Walter S. Sherman of Medford looked after the fires and cleaning until three months before the appointment of the first agent. On April 21, 1883, Mr, Charles A. Ellsworth, a native of Ipswich, Mass., was appointed agent and entered service, which position he held continuously until May 8, 1911, when he resigned. When Mr. Ellsworth first took charge Wellington was a flag station and no tickets were sold. Until the switch tower was built, about twenty years ago, the switches at the ju
bank notes in the market is also very ligated, and within the past few days prices have gone up amazingly. Some of the brokers to-day were offering 200 per cent premium, or three for one, and at one place 250 was the bid.--The selling rate may be quoted at 225, 275 . Bonds and Stocks.--The last auction sales indicate the prevailing rates, viz: Confederate bonds, 8's, registered, 163d ult! interest payable May and November, 105 interest payable January and July, 102, 107½, latter for 1879. Va. Ga., interest paying, 300, do, registered 1892, 176, R. and Danville R. R. bonds, 189, 194, Farmers' Bank stock 150, Bank of Richmond 109¼ 110, Richmond and Liverpool Packet Co. . Two more auction sales are advertised in this paper to take place this week. Produce, Provisions, &c.--Prices have undergone no material change since our last report. We quote Butter at $250 per lb by the package, Lard $1.50, 1.60, Bacon $1.65, 170, Concess $1.59, 1.75--the market swell in piled.
Financial and Commercial. At the auction sales of Messrs Lancaster & Co. on Wednesday last, the following prices were realized: Confederate Bonds.--Eight per cent, bonds coupons, due 1864 to 1868, '$110 to 110½ and int; eight per cent bonds, coupon, due 1872 to 1878, 120½a and int; eight per cent bonds, registered, due 1866 to 1879, 120a121, and int; 7 per cent bonds 106½ and int; 6 per cent bonds, 96a98, and int; bonds of 15 M loan, coupon, 171½a175, and int; bonds of 15 M loan, regist's, 160, int; cotton interest loan, 175--flat. Other Bonds.--N. C. 6's, old issue, 580; N. C. 8's, 285, and int. No other State bonds sold. A bond of $1,000 of the Florida railroad company brought 150 per hundred. Bank and other Stocks.--Bank of Commonwealth, 190a193; Bank of Richmond, 141; Traders' Bank, 180; Exchange Bank, 178; Virginia Fire and Marine Insurance, 86; Merchants' Insurance, 62½a63, Richmond and Petersburg Trading company 505. The same firm also sold $19,100 of
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