Glimpses of Medford: Selections from the Historical Register

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On June 17, 1630, Governor John Winthrop led an expedition of colonists up the Mystic River to the north of Boston, where six miles up the river they found "a good place upon Mystick." This "good place" became Medford, Massachusetts, and Winthrop's journey marked the start of a long and lively history.

Glimpses of Medford consists of a selection of articles, stories and reminiscences from the Medford Historical Register, the publication of the Medford Historical Society. In ...

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Overview

On June 17, 1630, Governor John Winthrop led an expedition of colonists up the Mystic River to the north of Boston, where six miles up the river they found "a good place upon Mystick." This "good place" became Medford, Massachusetts, and Winthrop's journey marked the start of a long and lively history.

Glimpses of Medford consists of a selection of articles, stories and reminiscences from the Medford Historical Register, the publication of the Medford Historical Society. In these pages you will be taken on a trip through Medford's history as told by Medford's homegrown historians, from the days of the early settlement to the night that Paul Revere stopped in Medford Square on his famous ride. You will walk down Ship Street at the height of the shipbuilding era, take a ride around town on the Boston & Lowell Railroad and meet Medford's people, from Victorian milkmen to the soldiers of the Lawrence Light Guard. It's a journey through Medford's past that you will never forget.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596292314
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 4/28/2007
  • Pages: 158
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgements     9
Introduction     11
Early Days
Why Mystic?   Moses Whitcher Mann     13
Indians in Medford   Ruth Dame Coolidge     19
How did Medford Get Its Name?     22
The Legend of "Cheese Rock"     27
Medford Square in the Early Days   Moses Whitcher Mann     29
Revolutionary Times
Medford and the Tea Tax   Elizabeth Estes     35
Medford and Her Minutemen, April 19, 1775   Richard B. Coolidge     36
Captain Isaac Hall   Hall Gleason     44
Sarah Bradlee Fulton   Helen Tilden Wild     50
Shipbuilding
Earliest Mystic River Shipbuilding   John H. Hooper     55
Old Ships and Shipbuilding Days of Medford: 1800-1812   Hall Gleason     56
Old Ships and Shipbuilding Days of Medford: After 1812   Hall Gleason     61
Old Ships and Shipbuilding Days of Medford: The California Clipper Ship Era   Hall Gleason     64
Old Ship Street: Some of its Houses, Ships and Characters   Fred H.C. Woolley     67
Slavery and the Civil War
Slavery in Medford   Walter H. Cushing     81
Some Letters of Miss Lucy Osgood   Reverend Henry C. Delong     84
The Lawrence Light Guard   Helen Tilden Wild     87
The Dedication of the Soldiers' Monument   Helen Tilden Wild     95
Turnpikes, Taverns and Other Industries
Medford Turnpike Corporation   John H. Hooper     101
The Fountain Tavern   John H. Hooper     103
Looking Backward   Eliza M. Gill     104
The Cutter Family and its Connection with a Tide Mill in Medford   William R. Cutter     106
Medford Branch Railroad     108
Withington Bakery   Moses Whitcher Mann     116
Medford Milkmen   Francis A. Wait     120
Some Old Medford Fish Stories   Caleb Swan     122
Medford Mining Matters     124
Around the Town in the 1800s
High Street about 1820   Helen Tilden Wild     127
An Old-time Picnic   Charles Loomis     132
Medford High School   Albert Smith     134
Medford Square, 1835-1850     136
The Tornado of 1851     140
Stone Face in the Middlesex Fells     143
West Medford in 1870   Moses Whitcher Mann     145
Medford Historical Society      153
Reminders     156
Index     157
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