consolidated company was organized May 5, 1874. Lieut. Dorr resigned the following September, and J. H. Whitney and Charles M. Green were commissioned 1st and 2d lieutenants.
Capt. Manning resigned in 1876, and J. H. Whitney became captain.
Rifle practice was inaugurated during his term of service.
Through a combination of circumstances, the interest in the State militia began to wane about 1880, and the Light Guard suffered with the whole.
In 1881, it is recorded under the date of September 6, the celebrated yellow day, that eight men and one officer answered roll call and started for muster.
The largest company in the regiment mustered only twenty-eight men on the opening day. On the following Wednesday, orders came from headquarters that each company must have at least thirty men or be broken.
Sergt. Porter was sent home and came back at midnight with fifteen men; ten more came in the morning, and the company was saved.
Almost immediately after this muster, the company w
rs. Pastor and people had toiled faithfully, yet a considerable debt lay, like an incubus, upon the church.
On April 13, 1880, this debt of over ten thousand dollars was liquidated in the presence of many former pastors and friends, as well as of the church and congregation.
On Sunday, October, 19, 1890, the Bible school celebrated its fiftieth anniversary, and, the next year, on September 6 and 7, the church commemorated its half century's existence.
At the Sunday morning service, September 6, Rev. G. M. Preston read the Scriptures, and the pastor, Rev. J. P. Abbott, delivered the Historical Address—a valuable and interesting paper.
A hymn was contributed by Henry S. Washburn.
In the evening there was a special service of song, including a hymn written for the occasion by one of the members of the church.
Rev. Dr. Howe of Cambridge, with his crown of eighty-five years, Rev. James L. Hill, D. D., pastor of the Mystic Church, Rev. L. D. Bragg, of the Medford