itten of the tower, the turret and steeple, and their erection and use in connection with the meeting-house, now by custom (also changeable) called church, and so since 1849.
As these of the various faiths were erected, there was no occasion for others until the growth of the town toward its border lines made it, and by that time the fashion had changed and the tower came into its own again.
St. Mary's, on Salem street, near Malden line, whose brick tower in which is a clock paid for by Medford, was the first to build.
Then Grace church, out growing its wooden chapel of 1850, acquired largely through the munificence of Mrs. Ellen Shepherd Brooks its beautiful stone church with ivy mantled tower.
In ‘72 the First Methodist and the First Baptist, and in ‘73 Trinity Methodist and the Congregational (both the latter at West Medford and new organizations) erected new houses of worship—a remarkable record for two successive years.
All these were of wood; all had the features of a co<
y evening course of addresses was added to the regular meetings.
At nearly all meetings, other than the annual, addresses have been given and papers read relating to Medford, its history, institutions and people.
Many of these have been reproduced in the Society's quarterly publication, the Historical Register.
Its issue was begun in 1897 for that express purpose, and its twenty-four volumes represent a labor of love on the part of its editors and contributors, and contain information of Medford found nowhere else.
By its exchange list with other societies it is constantly adding their publications to the Society's library, thus making available sources of information.
The existence of the Society started the effort for the preservation of the Royall house, and also Medford's two hundred and seventy-fifth anniversary celebration, so successfully observed.
At that time former President Hooper prepared a brief history of Medford, which was published by the city's committee (comp