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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 12., The first Methodist Episcopal Church of Medford. (search)
Corwin Watkins. In October, 1878, the semi-centennial of the church was held, it being fifty years from the date of incorporation. The celebration lasted one week, and many former pastors were present. When Mr. Watkins left us he took with him as his wife one of our members, Miss E. D. Hadley. Mr. Watkins was followed by Rev. Gilbert C. Osgood. Mr. Osgood employed no evangelist during his three years pastorate, but union meetings with the Baptist and Congregational churches were held in January of each year, continuing from one to three weeks, which were carried on by the pastors, and held alternately in the several houses of worship. A general spiritual interest continued through his whole term. A number of deaths occurred during Mr. Osgood's pastorate, among them several of the older members of the church, of whom Andrew Pike was one, and one member of the Board of Stewards, Jacob W. Saxe. Mr. Osgood succeeded in raising the sum of $4,000 toward the church debt. He was succ
he was the incumbent when called to the church above. Though burdened with work, she willingly undertook the preparation of the excellent historical article upon her church which she read before this Society. Of its excellence nothing need be said, but when she placed the same in the hands of the editor of the Register she expressed a hope that she might see the same in print. Its final revision was almost her latest work. Her wish was gratified. After the Register's publication in January, a copy was placed in her hands, to her satisfaction, before her going from us. Her activities were not limited to her home and church. The temperance reform enlisted her sympathies; for many years she labored in the Women's Christian Temperance Union, and for twenty years was its president. In this, as in the other, her influence was felt in the broader work of the County Union. The Visiting Nurse Association appealed not in vain to her; for six years she was its president. The