magination to know how the old town looked.
Story of a Bible
We are presenting in this issue the portrait of a man who was (if not a citizen) a resident of Medford for well toward seven decades ago, and who is still living in our neighboring city of Malden.
Rev. Edward Stuart Best, Methodist Episcopal clergyman, began his ministry in 1851, serving one year each in three western Massachusetts towns, and one in the nearer town of Swampscott.
At the annual conference of his church, April, 1855, his appointment was to Medford.
Prior to that time, one year's service in a place was the rule of his church.
But a change in polity had occurred and he served the Medford church and people to the new time limit of two years. His active service in the Christian ministry was an even fifty years, to twenty-three churches.
As the time limit was extended to three and again to five years, we find his terms three and four years, one a return to a former charge, and his last a four-year one