1880, but resigned in September of the same year, being succeeded by Mr. Murch
, who merely filled out the unexpired term.
At the annual meeting on January 5, 1881, Irving Smith
was elected to the position, and served two years; after which Augustus Hodgman
occupied the place with marked success for five years, followed by George M. Stevens
, who served during 1888-1889; Seth Mason
in 1890; Arthur W. Glines
, 1891 to 1895, inclusive; and A. A. Wyman
from 1895 to the present time.
In 1895 the school reached high-water mark in membership, as the report shows a total of 453 active members in attendance.
Friday night was decided upon as the regular meeting night of the teachers in September, 1881.
And in 1884 the first teachers' sociable, as they are now known, was held at the house of John F. Ayer
The pastor, Rev. C. A. Skinner
, entertained the next year, and Mr. and Mrs. John F. Nickerson
the following year.
Since that time the gatherings have been held in the vestry, although on several regular meeting nights the teachers were pleasantly entertained by Miss Mary Clark
, who conducted the infant class successfully for so many years.
The school met with an irreparable loss when this good woman died two years ago. Three generations of Sunday School scholars had grown up under her guidance, and her influence is still felt in the world, in a manifold degree, through the many young men and women who to-day remember her kind and helpful words and her infinite love for child life.
The most notable event of late years was the fortieth anniversary of the establishment of the school, which occurred February 23, 1894.
All who had at any time been connected with it as officers or teachers were invited, and about 200 were present.
Many old friends met for the first time in years, and it was, in consequence, a most enjoyable occasion.
There are doubtless many things that should be mentioned