fts, the chairman of the selectmen, the procession, escorted by the Medford Light Infantry, moved on to Brooks' house.
Here an opportunity was given the people, including the children, to greet the marquis.
The throng entered by the front door on the south side and passed out by the east door.
Later a dinner was served, twenty-five being present.
Charles Brooks, who thirty years later was to become Medford's first historian, was of this privileged company.
Others were General Sumner, Major Swett, Rev. Andrew Bigelow, who asked the blessing, all of Boston, Rev. George Burnap of Baltimore, Dr. Swan and Dudley Hall of Medford.
George Stewart of Canada, grandson of the host, is said to have been present, and his daughter-in-law, widow of Col. John Brooks, presided at the table.
The following, from the newspapers of the day, published in book form November, 1824, while the events described were fresh in the minds of all, gives us as accurate an account as can be obtained, and is o
, Miss Cora N. Crosby, Miss Amy L. Crosby, Frank S. Dows, Mrs. Olive M. Dows, Mrs. Mary T. Dows, Robert H. Grace, Mrs. Melvina E. Grace, Mrs. Emma F. Hixon, J. Gordon Kempton, Joseph N. Leach, Mrs. Carrie E. Leach, Mrs. Emma F. Lovering, Charles A. Mitchell, Mrs. Eunice Mitchell, Mrs. Minnie D. Marden, George E. Parker, Mrs. Frances Parker, George M. Ritchie, Mrs. Carrie S. Ritchie, Mrs. Nancy M. Stevens, Edwin E. Stevens, Mrs. Clara B. Stevens, Miss Estelle M. Stevens, Mrs Mary Smart, Mrs. Lucy F. Swett.
The first deacons were: George E. Crosby, J. Gordon Kempton, George M. Ritchie.
West Medford is growing in a good direction.
New fields of religious work are opening with the passing of each new year.
Additional families are coming to dwell there; new faces are to be seen in both church service and Bible school, Sabbath in and Sabbath out. There lies the strength of this Baptist body, and there its paths of effort are defined.
The church membership today numbers two hundred an