Talk:Medford, Massachusetts

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Pronounced ...[edit]

Why was this removed?

Given the regional accent, residents of Medford and surrounding communities commonly pronounce the town's name as Medfid" or "Meffa".

I don't know why they do it, but lots of people use this pronunciation. When it was removed, someone said no one says it. That person was incorrect.

Ortolan88 17:59, 2 September 2006 (UTC), Mass resident since 1968


People in surrounding cities use the "Meffa" to mock us, but I and all the Medford residents I've asked about this agree: no one within the city actually pronounces it that way.

Everyone in this discussion agrees: "Mehfuh", Boston Online. 22:11, 13 February 2007 (UTC), Medford resident since 1988

Fourth Oldest City?[edit]

I'm skeptical of the fourth oldest English settlement claim - as I understand it, Medford was settled because it's on a ford between Boston and Salem. The entry on Salem claims a founding of 1626, and the Medford city web site makes no mention of this claim. How about we change it to "making it one of the oldest English settlements in America?" and drop the references to Jamestown and Plymouth? --Sgorton 16:50, 31 May 2007 (UTC)

Confirmed that Medford was no earlier than 18th oldest. The Mass. Sec. of State lists settlement by year and there are 17 places settled between 1620 and 1629 and then Medford was part of a flurry of 19 places settled in 1630 [1]KevinCuddeback (talk) 01:17, 24 November 2015 (UTC)


The first paragraph needs to be redone. The two sentences contradict each other.. it can't be that the majority of the population is Italian, and also the majority is Irish. MrGBug (talk) 20:40, 21 November 2007 (UTC)

More importantly, it's historically incorrect. Medford was originally settled by wealthy colonialists - aka people of English descent. It wasn't until the late 19th and early 20th centuries that new populations from Europe (Irish, Italians, etc.) moved in. All of this is well documented in Henry Adam's book "The Education of Henry Adams." [[2]] Adam's grandmother was a Brooks, and he spent summers in Medford; this book is an invaluable resource for studying the early history of Medford.[[[Special:Contributions/|]] (talk) 20:21, 13 August 2010 (UTC)}

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BetacommandBot (talk) 20:03, 2 January 2008 (UTC)

Muscle Orchard?[edit]

I removed the red link in the bulleted list under "points of interest" as I've never heard of this, and am unable to find any reference to it. Supect vandalism, but happy to hear if it's otherwise.Medfordmom (talk) 01:02, 4 March 2008 (UTC)

Interior map request[edit]

A map showing the neighborhoods, highways, rail lines, squares, etc., would be very helpful. -- Beland (talk) 16:05, 28 April 2008 (UTC)


Does anyone think the past mayors be included in the article I feel that it has importance?

  • 1. Samuel C. Lawrence. 1893- 1894
  • 2. Baxter E. Perry. 1895- 1896
  • 3. Lewis H. Lovering, 1897-1900
  • 4. Charles S. Baxter, 1901-1904
  • 5. Michael F. Dwyer. 1905- 1907
  • 6. Clifford M. Brewer. 1908- 1910
  • 7. Charles S. Taylor, 1911-1914
  • 8. Benjamin F.Haines, 1915- 1922
  • 9. Richard B. Coolidge. 1923- 1926
  • 10. Edward H. Larkin, 1927- 1931
  • 11. John H. Burke. 1932-33
  • 12. John J. Irwin, 1934- 1937
  • 13. John C. Can, 1938- 1943 (Entered armed forces July 25. 1943. George L. Callahan. Acting Mayor)
  • 14. Walter E. Lawrence, 1944- 1949
  • 15. Frederick T. McDermott. 1950- 1951
  • 16. John C. Carr.Jr.. 1952- 1954
  • 17. Arthur DelloRusso. 1955
  • 18. Alfred P. Pompeo, 1956- 1957
  • 19. John C. Carr.Jr., 1958-1961
  • 20. John J. McGlynn. 1962- 1967
  • 21. Patrick J. Skerry, 1968- 1969
  • 22. John J.McGlynn. 1970- 1971
  • 23. Angelo Marotta. 1972- 1973
  • 24. Frederick N.DelloRusso.l974
  • 25. James K. Kurker, 1975
  • 26. John J. McGlynn. 1976- 1977
  • 27. Eugene F. Grant, 1978- 1979
  • 28. Paul J. Donate. 1980-

OtisJimmyOne 06:27, 4 June 2009 (UTC)