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YOUR TURN: Malden's Rich History

What's your favorite historical trivia about Malden?

Did you know that Waitt's Mount was once a lookout during the Revolutionary War, and had anti-aircraft battery during World War 2? Or that, before railroad, settlers used to travel over an hour to reach downtown Boston? 

Malden is full of interesting history, and we wanted to hear from you: what's an interesting historical tidbit you've heard passed down about our fair city you can share with other readers? 

Heard something, but aren't sure if it's true? Let us know in the comments, and we'll look into it. 

Michael Victor September 26, 2012 at 07:35 PM
"Day of Doom" Reverund Michael Wigglesworth. Malden First Best Seller in America known by most all the way from the its publishing in 1662 until the Revolution. "For there the Saints are perfect Saints, and holy ones indeed, From all the sin that dwelt within their mortal bodies freed: Made Kings and Priests to God through Christs dear loves transcendency, There to remain, and there to reign with him Eternally." Just one verse. Wiggleworth has street named after him and is buried in Malden at Bell Rock
History Boy September 26, 2012 at 07:37 PM
The grandfather from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Norman Greenbaum!
broadway Jay September 26, 2012 at 07:58 PM
How about the Boston Strangler? Anyone have info on Albert DeSalvo living on or near Summer St/Malden District Court?
robert wilson September 26, 2012 at 08:00 PM
I think the ones offended are offended by the"under God: part, I'm not but some are I guess. Can't please everyone.
robert wilson September 26, 2012 at 08:02 PM
As I noted below, he was shot and killed in the first bank robbery/ murder in North America.
The Dining Dad September 26, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Malden is home to Mr & Mrs Joe Freni who had 18 children that played sports in Malden and attended Malden schools. 10 of the 14 boys play for MHS Football. The other 4 played for MC Football. They are a great family and I am proud to call them my friends.
Gene Pinkham September 26, 2012 at 08:06 PM
I'll tell Peter Levine about that for Malden Musings!
donna September 26, 2012 at 08:51 PM
. Pinebanks The area was once inhabited by the Wampanoag Native American tribe. It was later the home of the Lynde family in the early 1700's and then became the public park that it is today.
Chris Caesar September 26, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Robert: Which Upham interestingly did not include in his original version of the pledge. It was added during the Cold War to distinguish American ideology from that of communism. Michael: That is fascinating, I didn't know Upham was from Malden and buried here!
joe griffin September 26, 2012 at 10:52 PM
I think he lived on Washington St.
Meggle September 27, 2012 at 12:46 AM
Bellamy's original pledge was this -- meant to be short and quick: I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. Interestingly, he was also a Christian Socialist :)
LeeJay September 27, 2012 at 02:34 AM
Malden Mills was the original inventor of Polartecfleece. The company originated in Malden in 1906 and remained there until moving to Lawrence in 1956. The old mill building is now apartments on Eastern Ave. The Feuerstein Family lived in Malden and Aaron Feuerstein was the 3rd generation owner of the company. I am not sure when the family moved out of Malden.
City of Malden September 27, 2012 at 12:14 PM
We have a great Fun Facts and History section at http://www.cityofmalden.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=content.faq&faqTypeID=22 that can be added to this conversation.
City of Malden September 27, 2012 at 12:19 PM
We have a great fun facts and history section at http://www.cityofmalden.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=content.faq&faqTypeID=22
Anon September 27, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Does anyone know if the All-Star sneaker was developed (or manufactured) in Malden or had Converse already moved out of the city by that point?
Leonardo DaVinci September 27, 2012 at 04:37 PM
MacDonald Stadium was orginally named Pearl St. Stadium and I'm guessing from around 1900 to 1976 there stood, Twin Column Guided gas towers almost exactly where the softball infield is now. The towers moved up and down inside the ground as I assume they distributed pressurized gas throughout the city to customers. As an eye-sore on a 1 to 10 scale they were an 11. They were about a 100 ft. from the goal posts. When big games were being played you would see a few crazy bastards sitting high off the ground on some sort of scaffolding attached to the towers. They had to be approx. 100 ft. in diameter and maybe that high fully extended. I betting they were the ugliest landmarks in Malden History. As kids my pals and I would explore around the base of the towers until we got kicked out. There was flowing surface water going or coming from the Malden River filling shallow pools of oily iridescent water, where we would grab tadpols and frogs. The chemical smell was putrid and today would be designated a highly toxic environment full of carcinogens. Yet, Malden HIgh Teams and many kids played there unaware. I never read if any of those kinds of structures ever exploded, but if they ever did it would have taken out 10 city blocks or more and would have created a high death toll. There must me photos of these monsters at the public library, if you want to be able to say, you at least saw some photos of the ugliest land marks in Malden History, and probably the most dangerous.
Anon September 27, 2012 at 05:28 PM
So when did Converse HQ leave the city? Did manufacturing stay on after or did they leave at the same time?
david mokal September 27, 2012 at 05:42 PM
I remember back in the seventies there were ghost sitings at the Bellrock Cemetary which brought many people from all over.Anyone remember this?
david mokal September 27, 2012 at 05:43 PM
UT OH OOPs Sightings <
Michael Victor September 27, 2012 at 07:09 PM
The lame walked. The blind could see. Lepers were healed. These are some of the miracles attributed to the intercession of Father Patrick Power. In November 1929, a million people flocked to his grave in Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden, Massachusetts, to seek one thing, a miracle. Despite the fact that Power had been dead for nearly six decades, many insisted that they had been miraculously cured by him. This is the story of the mysterious life, and afterlife, of this enigmatic, Irish-born, Boston priest who never made it a day past the age of 25. Using previously unpublished interviews, and archival documents, Supernatural Power examines the historical record surrounding all of the known miracles attributed to Father Power, during his life, and after his death. Supernatural Power also objectively examines the complex events of autumn, 1929, when Power's grave seemed to turn into a "wonder shrine."
Leonardo DaVinci September 28, 2012 at 11:50 AM
I could use a few miracles like that, did he leave any relatives behind still in the business?
Gene Pinkham September 28, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Converse made the All Star back in the 1930's and the power lines of Pearl Street were decorated with the discarded ones. Brandano's across the street was a gold mine and Richie Cremone invented "Skiffy Skaf" there. Best Half Time bar food in Malden.
david mokal September 29, 2012 at 02:45 PM
I Think The Boston Srangler was from Florence Street
david mokal September 29, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Gene it was the best place Brandano's I still think of Brandano's everytime I pass by allways wondered why they went out of bussiness.
robert wilson September 29, 2012 at 06:26 PM
You're right david, Brandano's was a great place to eat, very friendly place.
J.longbow September 29, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Norm Greenbaum, "spirit in the sky". Hey Mokal sing us a verse
david mokal September 29, 2012 at 11:04 PM
LOL I know it by heart He's now in California and we cant forget Preacher Jack still going strong. He was from Maplewood I remeber the lines at the Shipwreck Lounge Revere Beach huge lines outside just to see the preacher. Still great too. Ames Brothers and also Extreme and there's more!
John McNeil September 30, 2012 at 01:10 PM
I was told years ago by a woman working in the then "research room at the MPL that Gardner lived in the Maplewood section of Malden, and frequently rode the old MBTA. In route back and forth home he would pass Dell St. next to Roosevelt Park (Dell Park to us locals back then), and later used the name for his female asssitant Della Street.
coldwaterdiver September 30, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Theres a few haunted houses in Malden, I used to live in one on Glenwood Street. Compiling a few of those stories would be good for halloween.
coldwaterdiver September 30, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Father Powers is the reason theres a fence around Holy Cross Cemetery. His grave marker is flat with a chalice carved in it, the water that collects in it is said to have healing powers. People still visit an pray to him, although his grave also has a fence around it.

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