The Discovery Of The Charles River By The Vikings (Part Three)

According To The Book Of Horsford By Wendell D. Garrett From Vol. 40 of the Cambridge Historical Society Proceedings, 1964-1966   …continued from last week   III   Eben Norton Horsford was unquestionably a man of genius and immense brilliance. He excelled in several careers over a long and fruitful life. Since he was a scientist by training, it is … Read More

The Discovery Of The Charles River By The Vikings (Part Two)

According To The Book Of Horsford By Wendell D. Garrett From Vol. 40 of the Cambridge Historical Society Proceedings, 1964-1966 …continued from last week  II   The storm, in which Horsford was to live his last dozen years, broke in May 1880. William Everett, sometime Latin tutor at Harvard College and later master of Adams Academy in Quincy, addressed himself … Read More

The Discovery Of The Charles River By The Vikings (Part One)

According To The Book Of Horsford By Wendell D. Garrett From Vol. 40 of the Cambridge Historical Society Proceedings, 1964-1966   O​nce​ again the partisans of Christopher Columbus and Leif Ericson are locked in battle. The most recent occasion for reopening this long-standing and irrelevant feud was the publication in 1965 by Yale University Press of a manuscript and map … Read More

Early Glass Making In East Cambridge by Doris Hayes-cavanaugh

Early Glass Making In East Cambridge By Doris Hayes-cavanaugh Read 5 June, 1926   M​uch​ has been said recently about the business growth of Cambridge, and a number of publications have stressed the fact that Cambridge, and particularly the section known as East Cambridge, now stands very high in the scale of New England manufacturing centres. Imposing schedules of plants … Read More

Elias Howe, Jr., Inventor Of The Sewing Machine (Part 2)

[Continued from last week] The Victory Over Labor Mobs   Starvation near his door and the $500 of George Fisher exhausted, Howe could now manufacture his machine for sale — if it would sell. To do this, he asked a practical Boston tailor to Cambridge to test it by sewing. All at once the whole company of tailors in Boston … Read More

Elias Howe, Jr., Inventor Of The Sewing Machine (Part 1)

Elias Howe, Jr., Inventor Of The Sewing Machine 1819-1919 A Centennial Address Born In A Cradle Of Invention   The succession of master minds in a particular locality compels us to believe in the spiritual consanguinity of genius. It is an heredity much greater than that of blood. It is an heredity of spirit, that second birth that is not … Read More

The Romance of Brick by G. Burton Long

B​rick ​is something that has been with us for centuries. There is an old maxim which says, “Familiarity breeds contempt,” and this might well be applied to brick, because it has been used as a building material throughout the ages, and we are prone to accept it without regard to its antiquity or to its continued use or to the … Read More

Printing In Cambridge Since 1800 by Norman Hill White, Jr.

Printing In Cambridge Since 1800 By Norman Hill White, Jr. Read January 27, 1920   From 1692, when Samuel Green retired as manager of the college press, there was no printing done in Cambridge for over a hundred years, except that done by the brothers Samuel and Ebenezer Hall in 1775, under the direction of the Committee of Safety. The … Read More