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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 12., The first Methodist Episcopal Church of Medford. (search)
fall of 1843, when Rev. Joseph Whitman of Malden and Rev. George Landon, pastor at North Russell street, Boston, held regular services in the chapel. During the winter a revival occurred, when ninety people were converted. The Sabbath-school was reorganized the same winter. The society soon found the chapel too small and moved to the Town Hall. At the New England Conference in 1844, Medford was made a regular station, and Rev. George Pickering was appointed pastor. The next year Rev. George Frost was sent to Medford, and Brother Pickering was appointed a special missionary agent to raise funds for the erection of a church edifice in Medford. He was successful, and a lot of land at the corner of Salem and Oakland streets was bought for $600. The church, in 1845, had forty-two members. In August, 1845, Messrs. Job Clapp, Ira Barker, William B. Stone and Noah Hathaway were chosen building committee. On December 19, 1845, the church, erected by William B. Stone, was dedicate