object of the Association shall be the improvement of the spiritual, mental and social condition of Young Men.
At the second choice of officers, in 1867, Charles H. Merrill, of First Congregational, was substituted as vicepresident.
Mr. Badger had resigned soon after his election, and Francis H. Kidder had been chosen to fill the vacancy.
At the same time Charles E. Joyce tendered his resignation, and Arthur T. Tufts was elected to the office of secretary.
At the third election, in 1868, when the membership numbered ninety-two, the following board was chosen:—
President,Daniel W. Wilcox.
Vice-president,Charles C. Newcomb,Methodist.
Elisha B. Curtis,Baptist.
D. B. Callender,Mystic Congregational.
Francis H. Kidder,First Congregational.
Benjamin P. HollisEpiscopal.
Treasurer,Alonzo E. Tainter.
Secretary,Arthur T. Tufts.
A literary class, a Bible class, and a course of lectures were maintained, with occasional interruptions, for two years.
The Association was s
d and added to, till in 1872, there were some two hundred books, but whether purchased or donated is not a matter of record.
January, 1872, the name of the school was changed to West Medford Union Sabbath-school, and a constitution and by-laws were adopted.
During these seven years the smallest attendance at any session was in March, 1872, when 10 were present; the largest, 108, was in the first year; the average for each of the seven years in order was 73, 66, 56, 67, 67, 66, 61.
In 1868 there was organized the West Medford Christian Union, for the purpose of maintaining preaching services in Mystic Hall.
Rev. M. B. Chapman and Rev. L. E. Charpiot were two of the preachers employed.
The funds were raised by subscription.
This organization was maintained till October, 1872, at which time the West Medford Congregational Society was ready to do business.
When the Christian Union ceased its activities its officers were, president, Luther Farwell; secretary and treasurer, Simo