ifice for the first time, in their first church, for the consolation and the spiritual uplift of the small struggling community.
This was the earliest formal beginning of an organized Catholic society effected in this part of Middlesex County.
This same structure is still in use, being a part of the large Church of the Immaculate Conception (then called St. Mary's) which you see today, standing as it does, together with the rectory, on the land provided by those first pioneers.
On April 20, 1877, that part of the town of Medford in which this edifice is located was annexed to the town of Maiden by an act of the State Legislature.
In 1873, March 3d, it was voted in town meeting in Medford that the sum of $600.00 be appropriated for the Clock on the Catholic Church in Salem street, said clock to become the property of the Town, and the Society to keep the same in proper order and insured for the benefit of the Town.
In 1863 Father Ryan died, borne down by the weight of his t