in a place was the rule of his church.
But a change in polity had occurred and he served the Medford church and people to the new time limit of two years. His active service in the Christian ministry was an even fifty years, to twenty-three churches.
As the time limit was extended to three and again to five years, we find his terms three and four years, one a return to a former charge, and his last a four-year one.
This certainly proves his ability and effectiveness.
At the conference of 1901 he took a retired relation, making his home among his latest parishioners of the Linden church of Malden.
He 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 So
Medford Citizen appeared on October 1, 1901.
Its office was in Odd Fellows (now Elks) Building, and the paper, well gotten up, was well received by the public and bade fair to become the leading paper in Medford.
But after a year had elapsed, in 1901, whether conscious of it or not, the Mercury had attained its majority age of twenty-one years. Its publisher, Mr. Lawrence, then retired from the journalistic field and sold to John F. Wood, who had a brother, Charles.
Both were expert in their densome debt upon the church property.
That it was a help is seen in the fact that its first two subscription payments was the first money collected toward $14,000. Some town news, as well as parish and church, may be found in its columns.
In 1901, Rev. J. V. Clancy launched the Parish Beacon, an eight-page monthly, in May.
Though primarily in behalf of the West Medford Congregational Church, it was of interest to the community; and the business men of West Medford helped to finance it in