the admission of new members; but from 1842 until the present time there has been an increasing tendency to give full details as to what occurred at each meeting.
In 1850 appears this record showing that a happy relation existed between this society and the First Parish:
Our meeting-house and vestry being under repair, and our church and congregation holding public service on Sundays with the First Parish (Rev. Mr. Pierpont) in this town, there were no regular meetings of the church in May and June.
May 22, 1851, it was voted to receive Bro. Sumner Ellis.
This man subsequently won fame as a minister and writer in the Universalist church.
May 4, 1862, this doleful record appears:
A cloud seems to have settled down upon the church—the awful cloud of war, which has enveloped the whole nation in its blighting, withering grasp; and inasmuch as this church has been accessory or conniving to it (with the majority of other churches throughout the land), so is the curse fo
had any substantial foundation.
The members of the Phalanx were sober and respectable citizens, and were no more perplexed with the up-and-down motion of the drawbridge than other travellers.
I shall always stand by the Phalanx.
What pride the old boys of Medford used to take in that company!
How we admired the colossal form of Capt. Samuel Blanchard, dressed in a blue uniform with buff facings, his shoulders crowned with an enormous pair of gold epaulets!
We followed the Phalanx in the May training in all its marchings and counter-marchings, from Symmes' corner to the Malden line, striving ineffectually to keep step to the music of the band.
I remember that the ladies of Medford presented a stand of colors to the company.
I wonder if they are in existence now!
But to resume.
I have to indulge in episodes; memory runs away with me.
About the time of the building of the railroad station that part of Main street between the bridge and Jonathan Porter's store, now Yerxa an