ort with, I was now fully satisfied that the present majority of the Committee were proceeding without regard to expense or the interest of the town. . . . I refused taking any further responsibility. . . for I was convinced that the whole thing from the beginning was a selfish speculation, Conceived in iniquity and brought forth in sin.
And so at last the house was begun.
Historian Brooks tells of the corner-stone laying on the sixth of August.
Let us trust that the prayer of the good Baptist clergyman helped still the warring factions.
Fortunately the swath the tornado cut two weeks later was a little southward, and the new schoolhouse escaped the fate of the old. On Forefathers' Day, very cold, and a heavy snowstorm under way at its close, the dedication exercises were held.
This time the senior clergyman of the town, Dr. Ballou, made the prayer.
Mr. Brooks mentions on each occasion original poems recited by pupils.
Probably modesty forbade naming their author.
nd in the evening of the same day Mr. Wood's father, the Rev. Nathan E. Wood, then president of Newton Baptist Theological Seminary, and now pastor of the First Baptist Church in Arlington, Mass., preached the ordination sermon.
Other prominent Baptist clergymen had a part.
Rev. Mr. Wood continued as pastor of the growing church until 1911, when the repeated call for him to become dean of the Gordon Training School for Missionaries in Boston grew so urgent that he felt duty bound to heed itfields of religious work are opening with the passing of each new year.
Additional families are coming to dwell there; new faces are to be seen in both church service and Bible school, Sabbath in and Sabbath out. There lies the strength of this Baptist body, and there its paths of effort are defined.
The church membership today numbers two hundred and forty-one; in the Bible school are registered two hundred and sixty-eight.
Thus rather briefly I have outlined the birth of West Medford's