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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 12., The first Methodist Episcopal Church of Medford. (search)
the present edifice was dedicated to the service of Almighty God by Bishop Daniel Ayres Goodsell, D. D., every cent of the cost having been pledged. Since 1905, the church has lost by death several of her oldest members, among them being Mrs. L. W. Adams, Mrs. C. N. Jones, Mrs. Mary E. Child and Miss Frances Taylor. The present membership is two hundred and twenty-one. The other organizations of the church, subject to its control, are, The Sunday-school, Ladies' Aid Society, Woman's Foreezer, and say with Samuel and Joshua of old,Hitherto hath the Lord helped us, and The Lord our God will we serve and his voice will we obey. Church Officials. Pastor.—Rev. Edgar Cary Bridgham. Board of Trustees.—Augustus L. Ordway, Levi W. Adams, William F. Wiltshire, William H. Magoun, Edgar A. Thomas, William Walters. Board of Stewards.—Charles N. Jones, Mrs. Abby D. Saxe, L. Frank Cole, Mrs. Ida M. Smith, Joseph A. Paine. Bliss P. Boultenhouse, William Hindle, George G. Colby, <
Rev. C. H. Leonard. Then there was a bunch of choice bits gathered up; here is one. I'd rather black my visage o'er, And put the gloss on boots and shoes, Than stand within a liquor store And wash the glasses drunkards use. John Pierpont. Rev. Mr. Pierpont was at that time the Unitarian minister in Medford, and he was accustomed to expressing his sentiments forcibly. Medford had a course of Lyceum Lectures in those days and two and a half columns were devoted to an account of Rev. Dr. Adams' Ideal of a Merchant. These were usually in the Town Hall, but on this occasion American Hall was used. A comment was, The hall was well lighted, warmed and very convenient. The Ladies' Fair and Levee, on December 30, 1856, (same evening as the lecture) in the Town Hall, drew together, a highly respectable company. The Methodist ladies were raising money to buy an organ for their church, (beside Gravelly brook then). The Universalist minister (Maxham), and the Orthodox (Marvin), we