is now the oldest member of the New England Conference and was present and participated in the exercises of laying the corner-stone when the Medford church he served fifty years before erected their fourth house of worship in 1905.
During his second year at Medford, after some improvements in the second house, efforts were made to procure an organ.
The indefatigable Ladies' Aid Society sponsored the enterprise (see Register, Vol.
XII, p. 91) by holding a Fair and Levee in Town Hall December 30, 1856, and secured an excellent pipe organ that served till the larger new building was erected in 1873.
But one of the witty speakers at the Levee still insisted that the Best organ was at the other end of the meeting house.
When, during the Civil war, Mr. Best was stationed at Milford, Mass., an incident occurred which must have been a happy surprise to him: While making a call on one of his aged parishioners, the good lady asked of the country of his birth, and he replied, Yes, I am—o