Statistics for occurrence #1 of “Father Ryan” in chapter 1 of Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 17.:

...chester. The first Mass was said in Greene's Hall, on the corner of Pleasant and Middlesex streets in Malden. It is estimated that more than two hundred Catholics were present on that occasion. Father Ryan called his people together and told them a building was needed at once for a church. It proved to be difficult to buy land. As Malden was more thickly settled than Medford, it was decided to find...
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