Ladies' Society took the form of a sewing circle.
The ladies took in sewing, working on it at their weekly meetings, and the money received for the work done there went into the treasury.
Any member bringing her own sewing to the meeting was fined six cents.
From 1846 to 1854 the following able and consecrated pastors served the Methodist Episcopal Church in Medford: Revs. J. A. Adams, James Shepard, Thomas W. Tucker, Willard Smith, A. D. Merrill, John W. Perkins and Charles Noble. Revs. E. S. Best and William A. Braman followed.
During Mr. Braman's ministry the vestry was repaired and improved, and a gracious revival of religion was experienced.
Rev. A. F. Herrick followed, and was succeeded by Rev. Jarvis A. Ames. Mr. Ames was appointed to Medford in April, 1861, and on the day he arrived news came of the attack on Fort Sumter.
The next Wednesday the Lawrence Light Guard left Medford for three months service at the front, and Mr. Ames offered the farewell prayer as the compan
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), were present and spoke encouraging words.
And be it noticed, the levee was opened by singing of hymns and prayer.
Their minister was Rev. E. S. Best. Hon. J. M. Usher was there (of course he was) and in his remarks, for he was always ready with a speech, he alluded to the Best Methodists.
Mr. Usher's wit seems to have been lost on the Journal man, as he alludes to Mr. Bess several times, and reports Mr. Usher as saying, they have a good organ at one end and soon will have another at the other.
Mr. Usher probably put the Best organ in the pulpit end. Samuel Blanchard officiated as auctioneer at the close of the levee.