"When I was a boy I used to skate on Newhall's Pond where we now stand (Richardson Park), and on Andrew's Pond, opposite, separated from the former only by Pond Street as it runs to-day. Before 1776, a cow had wandered into the swamp about where the William E. Russell school-house now stands and stuck fast in the mud, so that the wolves from the forest had come down before morning and devoured her.
In my day there was a dense wood from Magnolia Street to Blue Hill Avenue, where we hunted for wild rabbits. A part of the swamp opposite was filled in by Lieutenant-Governor Oliver's slaves, who carried thither on their heads boxes or baskets of gravel from the higher land around what is now Edward Everett Square."
[Note: Lieutenant-Governor Oliver built the house, now demolished, at the northeast corner of Columbia Road and Boston Street, later occupied by the Everett family and the location of the birth of Edward Everett]
Address [for the first Dorchester Day celebration] by Richard C. Humphreys in Dorchester Day. Celebration of the Two Hundred and Seventy-Seventh Anniversary of the Settlement of Dorchester June 8th, 1907. Boston, 1907.
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