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 sustained in a more or less flourishing condition until the spring of 1869, when, at the annual meeting in March, this entry upon the records tells the story of its dissolution:—
It has long been apparent to the members that the Association has failed to accomplish those objects for which it was organized.
The past year it has accomplished but little.
Various attempts have been made to infuse life, but they have not been successful.
Feeling that the Association was practically a failure it was moved by the Secretary, that the Executive Board be authorized to
if the town will instruct the selectmen to petition the Legislature for authority to procure a town water supply from the Charlestown Water Works.
At that meeting it was voted to obtain estimates of the cost of introducing such a supply.
It is not recorded that estimates were ever obtained thereon, its fate being probably like that of some other questions of those days— those that were referred to the town pump.
The sentiment in favor of a public supply grew each year until, early in 1869, a committee was appointed to inquire into the probable cost of taking water from the Charlestown works.
A town meeting was called September 20, 1869, to hear the very able and exhaustive report which was read by the chairman of the committee, Eleazar Boynton, Jr. Although the committee was instructed to investigate the Charlestown water scheme, the report was strongly in favor of taking the Spot Pond water, stating that Malden had already voted to take from Spot Pond, and that Melrose pro