Elm Street used to be called the Plympton Road and after the gold rush of '49 it was called Gold Street, though not officially. Several of the men who lived on that street joined the throng which hurried to California, among them some of the Bryants. All who went were not rewarded by great wealth, a number of them never returned, but some of the Bryant men came back, with moderate returns for their labor and hardships. They built new houses on Elm Street and had enough besides to live comfortably thereafter, and the old Plympton Road received nickname, after the manner of our New England forebears.

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