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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 12., The first Methodist Episcopal Church of Medford. (search)
George Pickering was appointed pastor. The next year Rev. George Frost was sent to Medford, and Brother Pickering was appointed a special missionary agent to raise funds for the erection of a church edifice in Medford. He was successful, and a lot of land at the corner of Salem and Oakland streets was bought for $600. The church, in 1845, had forty-two members. In August, 1845, Messrs. Job Clapp, Ira Barker, William B. Stone and Noah Hathaway were chosen building committee. On December 19, 1845, the church, erected by William B. Stone, was dedicated to the service of God. In the records of the society there is preserved a program of the dedicatory services of the Pickering Methodist Episcopal Church in Medford. This name clung to the church for many years; in fact, until the third edifice was built, in 1872, there were many who still spoke of the Methodist Church as the Pickering Church. Bishop Janes preached the dedication sermon, and prayer was offered by Rev. E. T. Tayl