eased in interest and numbers for several years, but in 1838, when the public church services were discontinued, the Sabbath-school was also discontinued for a time.
In 1843 it was reorganized, with Ira T. Barker as superintendent, and from that time until the present has had a continuous existence.
The superintendents have been as follows:—
Ira T. Barker, Noah Hathaway, Thomas Emerson, Joseph L. Goldthwait, Charles F. Newcomb, Thomas C. Newcomb, S. B. Harrington, Charles N. Jones, Bailey T. Mills, Augustus L. Ordway, S. N. Mayo, W. T.
Such are the bare facts of the history of the First Methodist Episcopal Church in Medford.
Since 1828, the date of her incorporation, she has built and dedicated four houses of worship.
In 1828 Methodist pastors were permitted to stay only one year in a station.
The time limit has been changed since then, to two, three, five years, until now the time limit has been removed and a minister may be appointed annually to the same charge an indef