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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 12., The
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A Medford incident. On page 190 of his History of Medford, Mr. Usher gave a graphic account of the farewell given the Lawrence Light Guard on April 19, 1861, on the occasion of their departure for the South. Miss Wild alluded to it in her paper relating to the company, and Mrs. Saxe in hers upon the Methodist Church, both published in the Register. The Rev. Mr. Ames who offered the prayer, alluded to by these writers, had been stationed at Lynn for two years, and was by his bishop appointed to Medford on April 12, the day memorable for the Southern attack upon Fort Sumter. Coming at once to his charge, he reached Medford the same day as did the news of the overt act of rebellion that was to cause the mighty uprising. He was then a young man, and Medford was one of his earliest appointments. Nature had not been generous to him. He was slight in stature and frail in body, but strong in spirit; doubtless radical in utterance, possessing the courage of his convictions,
Mrs. Abby (Drew) Saxe. On February 10, 1909, there passed on a woman, well known and greatly beloved in Medford, in whose memory we pause to pay our respect. Abby Drew was a native of our old town, born January 2, 1844, and in our Medford
evotion to duty that won high place in their regard.
Soon after her resignation as teacher she became the wife of Jacob W. Saxe, and for nine years filled the difficult task of mother to another's children, as well as to those her own. Mr. Saxe Mr. Saxe was a commercial traveller, necessarily much absent, but almost daily by correspondence was the home bond kept.
The burden of the care and education of their little ones fell heavily upon the mother when, with a shock, came the sudden death of the her through.
Hers were twenty-six years of widowhood, and those years were replete with earnest labor for others.
Mrs. Saxe was a woman of many activities.
Taken to the Sabbath School by her parents, even before her recollection, her name has