During this pastorate, also, the church lost by death three of its most valued members—Joseph L. Goldthwait, Albert Butters and Ira T. Barker.
In 1869 Rev. N. T. Whitaker followed Mr. Wait.
That year the society purchased a house on the corner of Salem and Park streets for a parsonage, but retained it only two years when the new church enterprise demanded all available funds.
In 1869 a new board of trustees was incorporated according to the General Statutes of the Commonwealth.
On July 1, 1871, land for a new church was bought on Salem street near Cross street, and the work of building was entered upon at once.
The building committee were William C. Child, Thomas C. Newcomb and Obed K. Doane, who did faithful service until the beautiful church was completed at a cost of $50,000. It was dedicated April 30, 1873, by Bishop Gilbert Haven, assisted by Revs. Ira G. Bidwell, D. D. (who preached the sermon), R. R. Meredith, and the pastor, Rev. Francis J. Wagner.
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