eaching at Medford when convenient to do so, though none realized more than he the effort it required.
On a Tuesday evening in October (187 I), Mr. Whitaker organized a class meeting, according to the usage of the church, at the home of Brother N. D. Ripley on Lincoln street. The Medford parsonage was then at the corner of Salem and Park streets and almost the nearest house to the Malden line, while the Ripley home was the last next Arlington, and the good man walked both ways.
Of the membch, on June 12, 1872, it was expected that a church edifice would be erected at once, and that Mystic Hall would soon be at our disposal.
Many and anxious were our plans in relation thereto.
During the winter one of our energetic laymen, Brother N. D. Ripley, died, and we felt his loss keenly.
Another removed from town.
Spring opened and the new house of worship seemed farther in the future.
So with a courage born of desperation we said, Let us arise and build.
So after much preliminary wo