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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 12., The first Methodist Episcopal Church of Medford. (search)
work of building was entered upon at once. The building committee were William C. Child, Thomas C. Newcomb and Obed K. Doane, who did faithful service until the beautiful church was completed at a years. During his pastorate several deaths occurred among the church membership, among them being Mr. and Mrs. Thomas C. Newcomb and Mrs. O. M. Fowler. Mr. Pomeroy was followed in April, 1905, by Mrs. Thomas C. Newcomb and Mrs. O. M. Fowler. Mr. Pomeroy was followed in April, 1905, by Rev. Edgar Cary Bridgham, who is still our pastor. Early during his pastorate, on Saturday night, August 19, 1905, the church was totally destroyed by a fire of incendiary origin. Many were the tear 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 pillars of strength, and were worthily succeeded by their sons, Thomas, Charles and John. Thomas C. Newcomb, sunny tempered, charitable in all his judgments; Franklin Rand, optimistic, loyal, and de
r in the Square? Mr. Ames went into the pulpit boiling, and I into that front pew, trembling. During his prayer they began to go out and slam the pew doors behind. Soon as he stood on his feet, he looked up at Bro. Thomas [Newcomb] with Bro. Newcomb please have the choir sing Star Spangled Banner, and if there are any more traitors in this camp, let them pass out during the singing. Bro. Newcomb was a peace loving man and didn't like to antagonize ever. So Papie raising both hands said inNewcomb was a peace loving man and didn't like to antagonize ever. So Papie raising both hands said in God's name I implore you if there's one drop of loyal blood, it's time to show its color. Then he took a clean handkerchief which I always kept in his pocket for emergencies and waved it while he mopped his tears with the other. Soon there was sobbing all over the house and none others went out. Oh! those were troublous days. Troublous days, indeed, they were. Only those that lived then can understand the tense feeling that existed, and the ways in which, sometimes, they found express