and large attendance.
The committee in charge, though for a time startled by its temerity in its production because of the great expense involved, was happy at its close, and at that November meeting turned into the Society's treasury the net proceeds of $1,018.21.
The Society hired the Francis house, which had a little historic interest, having been the home of Convers Francis, the originator of the Medford cracker, and also the birthplace of his talented daughter and authoress, Lydia Maria Child.
It also made some repair and refitted it for Society use, and furnished the same.
In 1902 the property was placed in the market for sale and was then purchased by the Society for $4,000.00. Of this amount $1,000 was paid in cash, and the remainder provided for by a mortgage and the favorable interest rate of four per cent.
But prior to this purchase the various expenses had absorbed the proceeds of the historic festival already alluded to, and several efforts of lesser magnitud