of a man who was (if not a citizen) a resident of Medford for well toward seven decades ago, and who is still living in our neighboring city of Malden.
Rev. Edward Stuart Best, Methodist Episcopal clergyman, began his ministry in 1851, serving one year each in three western Massachusetts towns, and one in the nearer town of Swamin 1873.
But one of the witty speakers at the Levee still insisted that the Best organ was at the other end of the meeting house.
When, during the Civil war, Mr. Best was stationed at Milford, Mass., an incident occurred which must have been a happy surprise to him: While making a call on one of his aged parishioners, the good his problem.
After his retirement he attended the public worship at Malden center church, where Rev. Lauress J. Birney was pastor, and to whom the presence of Father Best was always helpful.
While Dr. Birney was Dean of the School of Theology, Boston University, he was in 1920 elected to the Episcopacy.
Before departing to his