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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 12., The first Methodist Episcopal Church of Medford. (search)
hire, L. Frank Cole and Edgar A. Thomas. They labored faithfully; the architect, Lewis A. Dow of Melrose, did all that scientific skill and tireless effort could do, and on March Io, 1907, the present edifice was dedicated to the service of Almighty God by Bishop Daniel Ayres Goodsell, D. D., every cent of the cost having been pledged. Since 1905, the church has lost by death several of her oldest members, among them being Mrs. L. W. Adams, Mrs. C. N. Jones, Mrs. Mary E. Child and Miss Frances Taylor. The present membership is two hundred and twenty-one. The other organizations of the church, subject to its control, are, The Sunday-school, Ladies' Aid Society, Woman's Foreign Missionary Society, Epworth League and Wesley Brotherhood. The Sabbath-school was organized first in 1823, with about twenty members. The school steadily increased in interest and numbers for several years, but in 1838, when the public church services were discontinued, the Sabbath-school was also dis
wed up.--Wm. Kennedy, Wm. Andrews, Jas. Garman, and Thos Hogan, were required to answer for going into and through the house of Lucy Smith, a colored female, and taking her table and chairs and commencing on her premises a game of "old sledge," without her consent. Defendants alleged that nothing was staked on the game, which was the result only of a little fun on their part. The Mayor deemed it of a reprehensible sort, and committed the parties for want of surety for their good behavior. On learning that one of the men came from Bedford county, Va., His Honor announced his willingness to blush for his conduct as a citizen of that patriotic locality; but we are not certain that he was really guilty of the amiable weakness in question. --Elizabeth Miller, Frances Taylor, and Delia Byrd, three battered up and trifling looking females, were arraigned for keeping a house of ill fame, and were committed in default of surety.--N. W. Nelson was fined for permitting a nuisance on his lot.
n was postponed till Wednesday. --Richard, slave of Margaret Young, found by the watchmen in the street acting disorderly, and who had no pass, was ordered five lashes — Sam, slave of Joseph Jackson, found without a pass, was discharged.--So was Artemus Moore, a Chesterfield free negro, found without his register — Button Allen, for stealing a shirt worth $5 from A. S. Shafer, and coat worth $25, and pocket handkerchief worth $2.50, from R. B. Epstin, was sent before the Hustings Court.--Frances Taylor, arrested for disorderly conduct in the street and drunkenness, was required to give security for her good behavior.--John Cadigan, arrested for cutting John Finney in the shoulder several times with a knife, on 17th street, Saturday night, was discharged the circumstances justifying a little indignation on his part. --Wm. H. Murphy professing to be Captain of company F, 15th Louisiana regiment, and John Dwyer, were brought to the bar and required to answer for swindling a verdant citize
arged with gambling in a public place, near the sidewalk on 2d street. They were orally reprimanded and discharged. George, slave of Reuben T Lacy, charged with feloniously breaking into and entering the dwelling-house of Alexander R Holladay, and stealing various articles of groceries, &c, amounting in value to $6,000, was committed to await a future hearing. This makes the fifth person who has been arrested upon suspicion of being engaged in this robbery. A white woman named Frances Taylor was charged with trespassing upon the premises of General Ewell. Being a woman of bad character and addicted to the too free use of intoxicating liquors, and therefore not likely to find any person who would be willing to go her security if it was required of her, the Mayor decided to discharge her with an admonition. Mrs. Mary McChesney, a very respectable-looking white woman, was held to security for using abusive and threatening language towards Mrs. Martha Wyatt, one of her nei
Mayor's Court, yesterday. --James Donley, alias Francis, was committed to jail as a suspicious character. He claims to be a deserter from the Yankee army; but his conduct when arrested being the of a swaggering, indecent loafer, it was deemed best to hold him in custody. --A drunken white woman, named Frances Taylor, was also committed in default of security for good behavior. Frances plead hard for her liberty upon the plea that she had three little children that required her fostering care; but, she being an old offender, and for some time back an inmate of the poor-house, her story made no impression.--John McNell was charged with drunkenness and lying on the sidewalk. Upon hearing the testimony of the watchman who made the arrest, the Mayor determined to commit him to jail; but, as he was about leaving the court- room for that place, a note was received from Major Maynard, the head of the Government shoe shop on Navy Hill, stating that Mac had been given permission to go a