d faithful service until the beautiful church was completed at a cost of $50,000. It was dedicated April 30, 1873, by Bishop Gilbert Haven, assisted by Revs. Ira G. Bidwell, D. D. (who preached the sermon), R. R. Meredith, and the pastor, Rev. Francis J. Wagner.
Inasmuch as this church building was for many years a landmark in Medford, and now nothing remains of it, even its ashes having been removed, it may be well to give a short description of its distinguishing characteristics.
It was ofwas at least up to date at its erection, and was built with the idea of accommodating a growing church in a growing community.
The winter of 1874 was blessed with a glorious revival, in which many were converted and brought into the church.
Mr. Wagner was followed by Rev. T. Berton Smith, and he by Rev. T. Corwin Watkins.
In October, 1878, the semi-centennial of the church was held, it being fifty years from the date of incorporation.
The celebration lasted one week, and many former pastor